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Citizenship first: the case for compulsory civic service 13th March 2009

Frank Field and James Crabtree (March) are right to recognise the problem of feral youth, but removing every young person from their chosen careers is not the answer. Someone who holds a real job is already performing a civic service, and real jobs teach civic virtues better than government or compulsory schemes.

If we are to civilise our disaffected youth, we must return power and choice to ordinary people. We should abolish all regressive tax, and revert schools, friendly societies and hospitals to their former, charitable but fee-paying, selves.…

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